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senate Bill S. 1

New Sanctions on Assad, Strengthening U.S. Alliances With Israel & Jordan, and Combating the BDS Movement

Argument in favor

This bipartisan bill would enact new sanctions on the Assad regime for its crimes against the Syrian people, strengthen the security alliances between the U.S. two of its closest allies in the Middle East in Israel and Jordan, while also giving state and local governments tools to counter the anti-Israel BDS movement.

SneakyPete's Opinion
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01/08/2019
“ASSAD SYRIAN SANCTIONS” I’m in strong support of and recommend the passage of the Senate bipartisan bill S.1 which would enact new sanctions on the Assad regime for its crimes against the Syrian people and strengthen the security alliances between the U.S. two of its closest allies in the Middle East in Israel and Jordan, while also giving state and local governments tools to counter the anti-Israel BDS movement. This Senate bill S.1 AKA the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act — will also also aim to the improving of U.S. defense and security policies in the Middle East. It’d authorize security assistance to Israel over a 10-year period based on a 2016 Memorandum of Understanding, reauthorize defense cooperation between the U.S. and Jordan, provide new authorities for sanctions against the Assad regime in Syria, and give state and local governments tools to counter the anti-Israel boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement. HOWEVER, They’d squander billions, funneling taxpayer funds through their, “TAX & SPEND” programs SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👏🏻👍🏻👏🏻👍🏻. 2*5*19...
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Riley's Opinion
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01/08/2019
Always support Israel over Palestine. I can't believe this is controversial.
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James's Opinion
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01/07/2019
Assad needs to go! Obama and Bush went after the wrong men in power! As evident! Assad is closely aligned with Iran and that is the true Islamic enemy! We need to both protect Christians as well as Kurds! As Christians and Jews we are bound by holy scripture to protect those in Lebanon, Syria and Asia Minor that traditionally over millennia protected Jews and Christians! Kurds and Abbisinans! The Turks killed millions over centuries in the name of a false prophet and a false god! We have a responsibility to protect our own! And unto Israel! Those that defy the law of the true God will meet a horrible death! Think about it!
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Argument opposed

While the four aspects of U.S. policy in the Middle East addressed by this bill may have bipartisan support, they should be considered as individual bills rather than combined into one piece of legislation.

Gale's Opinion
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01/06/2019
I oppose this bill because it includes an attack on free speech. A boycott is a form of free speech and protected protest. This law attempts to prohibit protest by applying financial penalties to those who disagree with the government. It is therefore unconstitutional and sets an unacceptable precedent. Set aside how you feel about Israel, and you will realize that if they can legislate against the right to boycott Israel, they can legislate against the right to boycott anything. I, for one, am not prepared to give up my rights for anyone or any purpose. Separate the clauses of this bill and we can evaluate each section on its own merits.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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01/07/2019
This bill violates the first amendment. I cannot support a unconstitutional bill. I am Jewish myself. Disagreeing with the government of Israel isn’t anti-Semitism just because they are Jews. That’s a stupid conclusion to jump to. Governments can be (and frequently are) wrong.
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Robert's Opinion
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01/06/2019
Take out the BDS language. Boycotts are free speech. If the people of this country want to protest Israel’s government and the human rights abuses they are guilty of that is their constitutional right. This BDS Bill sets a dangerous precedent. What’s next? We’re not allowed to boycott goods made in sweatshops over seas? No. Squash this embarrassing thing.
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
  • The senate Passed February 5th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 77 Yea / 23 Nay
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2019

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    “ASSAD SYRIAN SANCTIONS” I’m in strong support of and recommend the passage of the Senate bipartisan bill S.1 which would enact new sanctions on the Assad regime for its crimes against the Syrian people and strengthen the security alliances between the U.S. two of its closest allies in the Middle East in Israel and Jordan, while also giving state and local governments tools to counter the anti-Israel BDS movement. This Senate bill S.1 AKA the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act — will also also aim to the improving of U.S. defense and security policies in the Middle East. It’d authorize security assistance to Israel over a 10-year period based on a 2016 Memorandum of Understanding, reauthorize defense cooperation between the U.S. and Jordan, provide new authorities for sanctions against the Assad regime in Syria, and give state and local governments tools to counter the anti-Israel boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement. HOWEVER, They’d squander billions, funneling taxpayer funds through their, “TAX & SPEND” programs SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👏🏻👍🏻👏🏻👍🏻. 2*5*19...
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    I oppose this bill because it includes an attack on free speech. A boycott is a form of free speech and protected protest. This law attempts to prohibit protest by applying financial penalties to those who disagree with the government. It is therefore unconstitutional and sets an unacceptable precedent. Set aside how you feel about Israel, and you will realize that if they can legislate against the right to boycott Israel, they can legislate against the right to boycott anything. I, for one, am not prepared to give up my rights for anyone or any purpose. Separate the clauses of this bill and we can evaluate each section on its own merits.
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    This bill violates the first amendment. I cannot support a unconstitutional bill. I am Jewish myself. Disagreeing with the government of Israel isn’t anti-Semitism just because they are Jews. That’s a stupid conclusion to jump to. Governments can be (and frequently are) wrong.
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    Take out the BDS language. Boycotts are free speech. If the people of this country want to protest Israel’s government and the human rights abuses they are guilty of that is their constitutional right. This BDS Bill sets a dangerous precedent. What’s next? We’re not allowed to boycott goods made in sweatshops over seas? No. Squash this embarrassing thing.
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    I’m good with sanctions against Assad, I think our support for Israel should be maintained (maybe) but definitely not strengthened, but the anti-BDS measure gets a big nay from me. I’m not interested in my government telling me which nations to support. I’ve never understood this country’s obsession with Israel, and many in my generation are in the same camp. We’re fully capable of separating religion from government. We can tolerate all religions while recognizing that some governments abuse their power and connections to inflict serious harm on others.
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    We should not continue to give military support to Israel, a country that is currently administering an apartheid state against the Palestinians. Also, the anti-BDS section of this bill is a blatant attack on the first amendment. Boycotts are a legitimate form of protest and the U.S. government should not be actively undermining that right.
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    Section of the bill would amend the Investment Company Act to prohibit a person from bringing a civil, criminal, or administrative action against a registered investment company. This Infringes on first amendment and most likely others. Your civil rights are being attack by Marco Rubio (R-Florida). We give Israel billions of dollars a year in aid, this is BS!
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    Always support Israel over Palestine. I can't believe this is controversial.
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    Assad needs to go! Obama and Bush went after the wrong men in power! As evident! Assad is closely aligned with Iran and that is the true Islamic enemy! We need to both protect Christians as well as Kurds! As Christians and Jews we are bound by holy scripture to protect those in Lebanon, Syria and Asia Minor that traditionally over millennia protected Jews and Christians! Kurds and Abbisinans! The Turks killed millions over centuries in the name of a false prophet and a false god! We have a responsibility to protect our own! And unto Israel! Those that defy the law of the true God will meet a horrible death! Think about it!
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    This bill is another piece of legislation with too much packed into it—good, bad, and indifferent. Just as I don’t support my friends in bullying others, I don’t support our ally, Israel, in perpetrating genocide on Palestinians. Throwing in the removal of civil liberties is another sneaky assault on our republic. Americans have a right to boycott. Freedom of speech is not just for pro-Republican and pro-Conservative speech. Beware giving up civil rights and beware gradual destruction of our freedoms. Germany and Italy went down that path resulting in Hitler and Mussolini. Break this bill up into its components.
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    While there are positive aspects to this bill suppression of free speech negates any other potential value this bill could provide.
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    I agree fully with most of this legislation EXCEPT the bit about not being able to boycott Israel. No-one should be able to tell who and what we can boycott!! This is not for our Government to decide. It’s up to consumers to make that decision!
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    Also why should we counter the BDS movement? Free speech and free boycotts if we want, this is AMERICA! Why single out Israel? Their president is corrupt (just like ours) and they keep stealing land from the Palestinians. They took the land, let them duke it out themselves. Until they give the P. a homeland, and stop killing them, then I may think differently, but for now I think they are one of the biggest problems in the middle east. They are arrogant and brazen and I have no sympathy for them.
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    # 1 This bill gives WAY TOO MUCH POWER TO TRUMP & HIS BUNCH TO DO WHATEVER THEY WANT WITH MONEY, MUNITIONS, etc. #2. There are 4 parts to this policy in the Middle East which should be proposed as individual bills rather than combined into one piece of legislation. # 3. This bill takes away the right to Speak & boycott or do things against this bill which is against the freedom of speech. NOT AMERICAN OR DEMOCRATIC. #4 Israel has been a friend & Ally of the US since 1940s, but recently with Netanyahu as the leader it has become much LESS WHAT ISREAL WAS SUPPOSED TO BE. LETTING THEM HAVE MORE ARMS & WEAPONS & MONEY IS NOT A GOOD IDEA BECAUSE ISREAL Has turned its back on working with the Palestinians and has become like Supremacists- probably against the majority of the Israeli people, just like here in the Us where the Supremacists are in charge while 70% of the US citizens ARE AGAINST THE WAY THIS COUNTRY IS GOING.
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    US Government has no right to infringe on our freedom of speech and demand allegiance to a foreign country
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    Not our fight. Our borders are way back on this side of the world. Stop picking fights at my expense.
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    !! Vote no. Looking for no partisan legislation. Where is it? Only GOP on this bill? Shame on you. Work to bring bi partisan bills. There are problems with this bill. Take out BDS stuff from this bill. Why would you restrict first amendment right? There may be parts of this bill that are unconstitutional. BDS stuff must be removed from this bill.
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    I oppose this act because I feel that the anti-BDS section is an unconstitutional attack on the freedom of speech and a unwarranted restriction on the right to enter into contracts. I am troubled by the equating of BDS movement with anti-semitism. One can oppose the policies of the Israeli government (as many Israeli citizens do) without being anti-semitic.
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    Support and advocate for Israel all the way. They are our greatest ally!
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    Israel has perpetuated acts of genocide on the Palestinian people and should not be validated. Netanyahu has already been indicted as corrupt and should not receive our aid. The first thing our Senate should be worrying about is reopening our government. End of discussion.
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